Investigation finds London’s Metropolitan police force took no disciplinary action on more than 200 racial discrimination complaints over year
- The Met received 245 complaints of racial discrimination by police officers between March 2014 and February 2015, with five resulting in managerial action and the rest being dismissed.
- Complaints were often dismissed as “poor communication,” although five officers received three or more allegations of discrimination.
- The police force is looking to address fraught relations with London’s ethnic minority communities as only 11% of its ranks come from minority backgrounds while 40% of London’s population does.
“[The Met is] shown to be effectively immune from any accountability. We need a truly independent body that carries the confidence of the communities affected by police abuses of power. The police cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.”
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